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Ashton Meckle helped GC climb out of a hole and take control. Photo by Richard Davis
Ashton Meckle helped GC climb out of a hole and take control. Photo by Richard Davis
Volleyball - Thu, Oct. 5, 2017

Pre-match, Ashton Meckle had a feeling. The sophomore was wise to yield to it and take extra practice on her serves. Despite losing the first set 25-21, it was a huge rally on Meckle's serve that swung the match against Cumberland University into Georgetown College volleyball's favor. The Tigers clawed back for a 21-25, 25-8, 25-19, 25-16 win to improve to 11-2 on the season and 6-2 in the Mid-South Conference.

CU had all the good vibes flowing early, scoring five unanswered to start set one and take 12-2 and 24-10 leads. However, Caroline Ricks' fifth kill of the set put it all in motion. Meckle stepped behind the line and put her extra serves to good use.

"I had a feeling that it would be important tonight," Meckle said. "It is something in every match for us and I just felt it could be my serve. I was not going in with focus, focus on my toss, on my motion. I was lacking a plan.

"So I needed those few extra minutes of work with (assistant) coach (Felicia) Pace to really get things right."

It paid off, scoring 10 unanswered points on her serve – two on aces. The ball placement was clicking, CU took two time outs and while still pulling out the win, the energy in the gym was electric for Georgetown.

"We know we have to come out strong, we can't come out against big teams and lay out a first set," Meckle said. "We have to find our energy and run with it."

Tonight that energy was those 10 points. The Tigers wasted little time leveling the match with a crushing 25-8 victory in set two. Sets three and four were a bit closer, but never in doubt in team's mind.

"That's unheard of to score that many points before they can get the final point," said senior Jenny Howell. "To see Ashton serve some many in and so aggressively really flipped the match for us. We took momentum and ran with it. Even walking over in the crossover we felt we just need to keep playing error free and really take it to them in set two."

Meckle finished with four aces, five digs, seven kills and a block solo. Jessica Tapp led the offensive charge with 15 kills. Ricks added 13 and Howell 12. Lexie Gatewood kept the Phoenix at bay with 16 digs. Madison Mudd added 14, Kassidy Rauh 13 and Howell 12. Rauh dished out 48 of the team's 52 assists.

Meckle continued to come up in big moments for serving, including the second to last rotation for the Tigers. She finished her night with an ace before Erin Kearney subbed in to finish the service.

"That's one of the special parts of this team," Meckle said. "Beginning of the season we weren't so sure of our depth with the injuries we have sustained, but we all have complete confidence in each other and know we can get the job done. I was so excited for Erin to come in.

"Tonight felt special, we weren't down and never got comfortable. The fans gave us energy and it all came together. We just have to keep this going because in big matches we can't let a set slip. This momentum, this drive, this focus is what we need to finish out our season."


 

 
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